CEC’s community-led, solar group-purchasing program is back to help residents of Southern Santa Barbara County #gosolar. This year’s program will run May 29 – August 30, 2018, and for the first time includes the option of purchasing energy storage systems. Offered in partnership with the cities of Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria, and the County of Santa Barbara, the goal of Solarize is to make the process for installing residential solar energy systems simple and affordable. Previous Solarize Santa Barbara programs have already helped 203 homeowners go solar.
CEC is hosting free, educational workshops throughout South Santa Barbara County to help homeowners better understand solar technologies, energy efficiency, energy storage and financing options. Anyone interested in learning about solar and storage is encouraged to attend one of these upcoming workshops:
- Wednesday, June 6 6:00 p.m. City of Santa Barbara’s David Gebhard Public Meeting Room 630 Garden St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
- Wednesday, July 11 6:00 p.m. Goleta Valley Community Center, Room 2 5679 Hollister Ave. Goleta, CA 93117
CEC uses a committee of local energy experts to vet and select local partner installers to ensure residents will receive high-quality solar energy systems and top-notch service. The partner installers provide reduced prices for Solarize participants, ensuring that homeowners get the best price for a quality solar system. This year’s partners are Brighten Solar and California Solar Electric.
New Energy Storage Option
CEC has also included an energy storage option in this year’s Solarize program. Southern California Edison will be switching all residential customers to “time of use” rates soon, which will make it more expensive to consume energy from the grid in the evening. With grid-tied batteries, homeowners will be able to store the energy that is created from their solar panels during the day and discharge the battery later in the evening when electricity is most expensive.
Although these storage systems are an investment, there are tax credits and utility incentives that make them more affordable now. Batteries will also provide energy resilience for homeowners, which has been on everyone’s mind in the last few months.
Supporting 100% Renewable Goals
Solarize Santa Barbara helps support the community-wide 100% renewable electricity targets set by the Cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta. Santa Barbara City Council member Eric Friedman shared that the City is working hard to achieve the 100% renewable energy goal by 2020. He noted that the Solarize SB program will make it easier for residents to implement solar energy projects with peace of mind as they are working with vetted installers at an affordable price.
Supporting CEC’s Mission
Solarize Santa Barbara County participants will also help support CEC’s mission in the community. For each homeowner that goes solar through the program, the solar installers will pay, at no additional cost to the homeowner, a small fee which helps CEC continue to offer Solarize programs in local communities.
To learn more or apply for Solarize Santa Barbara County, homeowners can go to SolarizeSB.org or call (805) 963-0583 x 102.